Power 100 2014: 100-91
Monday, November 17, 2014
PrintWeek's annual run-down of the industry's most influential individuals, here we look at numbers 100 through to 91.
Why Moss has made a return to print by buying a stake in reprographics company CallPrint, and resurrecting the Jupiter name with a new special projects division. Despite having business interests outside print including Fixmyiphone and an events company Moss says “print is what I really love” and having sold McKenzie Clark to Chime Communications division Icon, he was “going stir crazy at home”. His ambition is to grow CallPrint to £18m in the first year. He sees massive opportunities for the firm, which includes a successful 3D print business and a Middle East office.
Why Jamison has come a long way since she started her business career as marketing director at Iceland. Stints at The Virgin Cosmetics Company and LighterLife followed before she joined On Demand Communications – the franchisor for Prontaprint and Kall Kwik, which went into administration in December 2011. She’s overseen the resurgence of the brand since taking it out of administration, with one industry source particularly impressed by her drive, vision and sheer determination. An avid football fan, Jamison is an accomplished pianist and a budding chef.
Why With sales nudging £5m Glossop is by no means the biggest player in the UK packaging sector, but you wouldn’t know it when you meet sales director Sidebottom-Every. It’s not that she has ideas above her station, just that she’s of the view that size is irrelevant and that if you strive to be the best at every level of your business then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t sit at the top table of your chosen field. And it’s that spirit that impresses all who meet her. “In a largely male-led industry Jacky and her family business have become world leaders,” said one of her many nominations.
Why Managing director of print finisher Celloglas, Gillgrass has spent the past year concentrating on the firm’s metallic substrates division Mirri’s export drive. He has also spearheaded the development of new products at both Mirri and Celloglas. “Passionate about product development, quality and service”, he is a strong believer that specialist finishing will protect print in the face of the challenge from digital media. Gillgrass recently combined his two hobbies of cycling and golf by cycling 1,150 miles in nine days to all UK and Ireland Ryder Cup venues raising nearly £15,000 for charity.
Why When the self-confessed strategic thinker is not being kept busy by his four daughters and his love for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Npower’s print services manager Richards heads up print campaigns that include everything from direct mail and brochures to wide-format and POS. 2014 has seen the gas and electricity supplier implement Blue Buffalo Consulting’s marketing and print procurement system Crystal. And although the firm’s print spend over the last year has been lower than usual, while internal brand developments are completed, it is still comfortably into seven figures.
Why "Peppiatt, The chief executive of print management company Paperhat has been greedily eating into the market share of rival businesses over the past few years through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions."
Why Halstan chairman Chris Smith was the brains behind the firm’s expansion into the German market this year, which saw it set up a subsidiary in Mainz to take over the inplant of music publisher Schott Music. “He’s a true gentleman who is very strategic in his way of thinking,” says one colleague. And with the firm focusing its future investment plans on digital, Smith will be sure to use his reputed ability to “see what customers require before they know they can have it”. A keen sports fan, Smith was president of Amersham & Chiltern RFC for eight years and spends his weekends playing tennis.
Why When Noble made her return to print earlier this year with the purchase of failed £4m-turnover DM business Print Logic, it’s safe to say that the only person who wasn’t surprised was the lady herself. And if anyone thought she was simply looking for a hobby business in a industry that she knew well, then they were proved wrong – very quickly. Within weeks of taking the reins of the business she had doubled the size of the factory, installed a raft of new kit and set out her stall to create a £15m-£20m in just two years. “She is a force of nature,” said one peer.
Why “Passionate and entrepreneurial with great attention to detail” says one colleague. But Cestrian’s joint managing director would be the first to attribute the firm’s recent successes to the combined efforts of his team.
Why Chairman of the Simpson Group, Simpson – who is also the major shareholder – has been with the business for just over three decades. With sites in Tyne and Wear and London the point-of-sale print specialist launched a new web-to-print service shortly after Easter this year. Its Shop4pop.com concept, which Simpson believes is the first of its kind in the UK, offers the same professional quality in-store advertising that the big brands have, at a price suited to SME independent retailers, and reflects Simpson’s entrepreneurial zeal and spirit of innovation, according to a source.